Community members get creative for Pink for Mienke

MBOMBELA – Carien Vos is a mom of three from Barberton who felt so inspired by Mienke’s parents, Verna and Ryno Mulder’s tenacity and positivity, that she wanted to show them that they are not alone.

Vos, with the help of her sister, Alta Botha, decided to wrap the baobab situated at the traffic circle at Crossing Shopping Centre with a pink cloth in honour of Pink for Mienke Wednesdays.

Underneath the tree is the message, “Mienke, die baobab beteken die boom van lewe,” (Mienke, the baobab means the tree of life).
“I thought that this would be nice to remind people to continue believing and praying with the family,” said Vos.

“I understand that they are new to town, so this is our way of showing that we are fully behind them as a community,” she added.
“We as a community should stand together in solidarity,” said Botha.

Mienke is undergoing rehabilitation at Netcare Rehabilitation Hospital in Auckland Park, Johannesburg after she choked on her bottle while in the care of her day mother two months ago. She suffered brain damage as a result.

“She is doing well, although it is difficult to say at the moment what is working and what is not working,” said Ryno. “She is a lot calmer than before,” he added.

The parents are taking it one day at a time. They have, despite the diagnosis, remained positive. They have also called on the community to help pray with them on the Facebook group, Please Pray for Mienke, which currently has over 29 000 followers.

Since the formation of the group, followers have taken it upon themselves to come up with initiatives to show their solidarity with the family.

Last month a follower urged people to wear pink on Wednesdays for Mienke. More people reached out to the family saying they wanted to do more than just pray. They wanted to donate money to the family.

The parents started the Mienke Mulder Trust Fund in which all financial donations can be donated. Seeing that she did not have pink items of clothing in her closet, Edean Prinsloo started making bracelets that she is selling. The proceeds from the pink bracelets are donated to the trust fund.
“I drove past the tree, it is such a lovely gesture,” said Ryno. “You feel so happy to see that someone has your back.”

Bombi Mavundza

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